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Spiced Apple Sangria

For simple syrup:
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
2 tsp. The Spice Hunter Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

For sangria:
1 750 ml. bottle Chardonnay wine
¼ cup triple sec
½ cup brandy
1½ cups apple juice
3 cups diced apples and/or pears

1. To make the simple syrup, combine sugar, water, and pumpkin pie spice in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat, strain, and set aside to cool to room temperature. 2. Once syrup is cooled, stir together with wine, triple sec, brandy, and juice in a large pitcher. Add fruit and chill well. Serve over ice with fruit and garnish with The Spice Hunter Cinnamon Sticks, if desired.

When cool weather starts to set in, the desire for aromatic, spiced drinks is quick to follow. Pumpkin spice lattes, with their comforting aroma, are a sure sign that fall has arrived, and holiday parties wouldn’t be complete without batches of nutmeg-rich eggnog to accompany spiced cakes and cookies. Take the warm, aromatic notes of your favorite cold-weather beverages to new levels with Spiced Apple Sangria. This spiced sangria recipe extends the lifespan of traditional summer sangria by incorporating autumn’s ripest, juiciest apples and The Spice Hunter Pumpkin Pie Spice for a cocktail that’s certain to enliven fall and winter gatherings. Pumpkin Pie Spice – a blend of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and more – isn’t just for pies. The fall-inspired blend is essential to creating a simple syrup with layers of autumnal flavor that pairs exceptionally with the apple juice and fresh fruit in this apple sangria. Once the simple syrup is complete, just combine the spiced syrup with velvety Chardonnay, triple sec, brandy, and apple juice in a large pitcher. Add diced apples, pears, or a mix of both to the pitcher and chill, allowing plenty of time for the juicy fresh fruit and spiced flavors to mingle. Serve your Spiced Apple Sangria over ice and garnish with The Spice Hunter Cinnamon Sticks to add additional sweet flavor. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, make a double batch of the Pumpkin Pie Spice simple syrup and give your guests the option of white Spiced Apple Sangria or red Apple-Pomegranate Sangria. If you’re looking for a kid-friendly apple beverage, try our Hot Spiced Cider, made with The Spice Hunter Mulling Spices. For more seasonal adult beverages, we recommend a Hot Apple Cinnamon Cocktail or our Hot Mulled Wine.